The Academy Of Applied Martial Arts

Tradition To The Extreme

The Academy of Applied Martial Arts

Welcome to The Academy of Applied Martial Arts website

home of The Iron Tigers Karate Team

 We are honored that you have stopped by for a visit.

Here at TAAMA we offer a variety of martial arts training programs for kids and adults alike, so please feel free to check out our pages and see what we have to offer.

If you have any questions please return here and leave us a message at the bottom of the page.

Once again, welcome!


Classes Offered

Doshin Kaikan Karate Do


Want To Learn Karate?

Come and Join Our Team!

In our program, you will learn a combination of basic to advanced traditional martial arts and self defense techniques from these Martial Arts Styles: Doshin Kaikan Karate, Tang Soo Do, Jiujitsu, and Kickboxing.

Our programs are taught by qualified instructors who use traditional and state of the art training routines.  Our instructors are singled minded in the pursuit of excellence.  Our goal is to provide quality Martial Arts Instruction at an affordable price for the Children and Adults of the high desert community

 including:

Victorville Ca, Hesperia Ca, Adelanto Ca and Apple Valley Ca. 



Become apart of something bigger! Give us a call today.

(760)792-8532

Iron Tiger Cubs Kids Karate

Ages: 4 to 8

kids will learn basic to advanced karate techniques, predator and anti bullying awareness in a fast paced high energy environment while having tons of fun.

This training will help to improve their concentration, eye hand coordination, while reinforcing the positive values of the martial arts such as Honor Integrity Respect and Discipline.

Iron Tiger Combatives
is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. It is designed to be practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape, or size.
 The  techniques expand on your natural instincts to develop skills quickly and effectively, while enabling you to address attacks under any scenario. You will learn how to defend yourself and your loved ones, while gaining increased awareness and instinctive reflexes.

Meet the Instructor


Don " The Iron Shihan" Burnell

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Don Burnell and I’m a martial arts instructor. I was born and raised in the Victor Valley. Growing up I was smaller than most of my classmates and I was bullied due to my size. I played sports to gain acceptance, but never really felt connected to any of them. Then at 16 I was introduced to martial arts and I have been training ever since.

After graduating from Valley High school in 1981 I am a combat trained veteran of the United States Air Force served 5 years Security police officer where I taught hand-to-hand combat to my fellow officers. I also served two years as a medical technician working multiple clinics such as the Obstetrical unit, Med Surgical Unit, and ICU.

I am currently employed full-time as a safety officer for KPRS Construction. In addition, I also train security professionals as a certified baton/security instructor for the Bureau of Security and Investigative services. 

In martial arts, I train in Doshin Kai Karate-Do. I am the owner and master instructor of The Academy of Applied Martial in Apple Valley Ca. I currently hold the rank of 7th Degree Black Belt(Shihan).

The martial arts for me is a life long journey, and it is my goal and honor to be able to pass on the knowledge that I have gained to train those who need the ability defend themselves from those who seek to hurt them mentally, physically and spiritually.


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A Message From Nanna

I wanted to say a few words about my granddaughter's karate instructor, Shihan Don Burnell. In addition to martial arts,  the teens are getting life planning skills.  This morning after class,  Shihan Burnell had the teens fully engaged in a conversation.  He led them on the topic of their future.  Asked each of them their thoughts,  plans and possible career choices.  He took time for each one and helped them see where their plans can become a reality.  Personality traits they possess that work well with their choices and ways to make it happen.  My girl left that conversation with hope and excited for her future.  She's 17 and had no clear direction.  After today,  she's making plans.  Not only does he look after their training and hold them to educational standards,  he provides true mentorship.  He's helping them make goals for their future. And guiding them on the path to make it happen.  He truly care for his kids.  In every aspect of their lives.  My girl is truly blessed to have him in her life.  Today was another example of that.  Thank you.  Thank you for being there and all you do for your kids and young adults.  You sir,  are making a lasting difference in their lives.
~Sue B

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Karate has taught my granddaughter confidence,  respect, pride and raised her self esteem. Her Shihan and Sensei have become great mentors.  She truly looks up to them.  When she started here 6 months ago,  she was shy and very unsure of herself.  Not today.  She's transformed.  She works hard.  Within her first 3 months she competed in her first tournament and has continued moving forward with all she has. It's the environment here that encourages her and instills her hunger for learning. This Dojo has become a second home for both of us.  A family.  Every student is taught in a way they learn with one on one attention given to each student.  In addition to class instruction.  Students learn at different levels and here  teach "the student". I encourage anyone looking for a place,  to come here. 


" It's a place where I've learned self discipline and pride and more than I thought I was capable of.  For me,  it isn't just a school.  It's a place where we are family . My Shihan and Sensei are not just instructors,  they are mentors.  " Linzie